In 1951, Thai language programs were produced in NE Thailand and aired by SW from the Philippines. The Christian and Missionary Alliance Mission (C&MA) assigned a couple to do this work with local believers at the request of FEBC. In 1952, they were killed while participating in a worship service.
Shortwave Thai broadcasts – produced by both FEBC-Thailand and a second Thai production studio – continued from the Philippines until 1976. FEBC-Thailand, with local broadcasts in-country and officially registered under the E.F.T.in 1969, has long maintained close ties with other missionary organizations in Thailand. FEBC- Thailand became very involved with emergency broadcasts and radio distribution following the 2004 tsunami and the 2011 Bangkok floods, and are still airing programs that offer counseling and hope to people living in the affected areas.
Often referred to as “Amazing Thailand” and “the Land of Smiles,” this exotic tropical country lies in the heart of Southeast Asia. While the people of Thailand have the freedom to choose their own religion, the majority would agree with the saying, To be Thai is to be Buddhist.
Buddhism is interwoven in all aspects of Thai culture and daily life. Theravada Buddhism most widely practiced here is a combination of traditional Buddhism, folk lore, and animistic practices.
On 32 Stations
Through Direct Correspondence
In 17 Ethnic Languages
Thailand Ministry Highlights
FEBC produces daily programming in 2 languages aired through 22 local government AM/FM and 9 community stations in 27 provinces throughout Thailand. Plus one AM station is heard in 19 provinces. Most programs run ½ hour/day and are produced by various programmers culturally suited to their audience, totaling 378 hours per month. Additionally, 2 FM ‘FEB-radio’ stations located in Bangkok will again offer programs from 0700 to 2100 daily. FEB-radio is streamed on the web 24/7. Apps are also available.
International SW Broadcasts
FEBC-Thailand is also responsible for/closely involved in SW radio ministries for 17 trans-national ethnic languages heard in 5 SE Asian countries. These programs are produced in-country at studios in various locations and aired via SW from FEBC-Philippines. Programs are sent ftp; new media is also used. Radio is an integral part of church planting ministries as well as encouragement and growth for scattered believers. A nearby country’s growth of the Church is directly attributed to our broadcasts. Often listeners are oral people without written Scriptures or illiterate in their language. Many of them are persecuted for their faith. Twelve websites are available and programs updated daily in the following languages: Mon, Mien, Lao, Hmong, Tai Lue, Lahu, Khmu, Akha, Taidam, Shan, and Lisu.
Types of Programming
Community Development, Pre-Evangelistic, Bible Teaching, Music, Drama, and Evangelistic
Follow Up Ministry
FEBC-Thailand maintains extensive, consistent, quality follow-up with listeners, in the form of letters, phone calls, emails, text messages, and personal visits to individuals’ homes and at listener rallies. FEBC-Thailand works closely with local churches. FEBC- Thailand also offers a Bible correspondence course; 93% of the 37,000 listeners enrolled in the Bible study are from other faiths. A separate on-line Bible study is also offered.
In 2015, FEBC Thailand received 3,721,060 local web visits, phone calls, e-mails, and letters.
Background on Thailand
Government: constitutional monarchy
Population: 68,200,824 (2016 est.) Thai 95.9%, Burmese 2%, other 1.3%, unspecified 0.9% (2010 est.)
Language: Thai, English, ethnic and regional dialects
Religion: Buddhist (official) 94.6%, Muslim 4.6%, Christian 0.7%, other 0.1% (2000 census)
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